Tennis: King-Turner's run comes to a halt

Dan King-Turner's run of success has come to an end at the semifinals of the US$50,000 Binghampton Challenger in New York.

King-Turner had been on a roll of nine consecutive singles victories after winning a match in qualifying then the title at the Saskatoon Futures last week and then through to the semis at Binghampton.

However this morning he found veteran Michael Yani too tough to handle, the American winning 7-5 6-4 in one hour 28 minutes. Although King-Turner served 12 aces to his opponent's one, the Kiwi did have his serve broken three times.

In the end it was the shot making and rallying from the baseline which appeared to be the vital factor for Yani as he moved into the final. The Kiwi should see his ATP ranking rise from 564 to around inside the top 400 as a result of his last two weeks effort.

For King-Turner it was his second career Challenger semifinal, the first being in Spain at the US$100,000 tournament at Pozoblanxo, Spain in July 2010.

- APNZ

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